June 8, 2024

Book Reading, "Appleseeds: A Boy Named Johnny Chapman" by Melissa Cybulski

Join us for a reading in the garden with Melissa Cybulski of her new book, "Appleseeds: A Boy Named Johnny Chapman."


Please join us on CT Open House day when author Melissa Cybulski will read her new book, “Appleseeds: A Boy Named Johnny Chapman”  in the garden on the hour from Noon to 4:00 PM (last reading at 3:00 PM).  Cybulski, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts and member of the Longmeadow Historical Society, researched the childhood of Johnny Chapman, who is famously known as “Johnny Appleseed.”


Johnny Chapman will grow up to be a legend…but first he needs to climb down from that tree, find his little brother, learn perfect cursive, and remember to put his shoes on before he leaves the house! Inspired by new research from the archives of the town he grew up in, Appleseeds: A Boy Named Johnny Chapman imagines for the first time the story of the boy who grows up to become the famous orchardist, Johnny Appleseed. It is the summer of 1783. The Revolutionary War is finally over, families are rebuilding their lives, and Johnny Chapman’s town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts is planning a celebration. Johnny and his new friends, Nicholas and Eda, have a summer of learning and adventures waiting for them.


"A sweet and inspiring children’s tale that encourages young readers to stay true to themselves. VERDICT: GET IT," Kirkus Reviews

“How much childhood has changed from 1783, and how much it hasn’t! Readers of all ages will enjoy these gentle tales of finding friends, facing school jitters, and community pride. --Christina Uss, author of The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle”

“Just finished and I loved it! I’d love to have been friends with Johnny! Heartwarming historical fiction that places the reader in early New England, where we meet a boy who builds lasting friendships while following his passion for nature and adventure.” - Gina Pantuosco, 4th Grade Teacher, Longmeadow Public Schools

"It was a pleasure getting to know the historical Johnny, as well as the one created to make him relatable to young readers." - John Briggs, author of Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom


In 1935, Stanley-Whitman House was established as Farmington's first museum. It is a nationally recognized historic house museum and living history center that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington, Connecticut. Programs, events, classes, and exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in history by doing, acting, questioning, and engaging in colonial life and the ideas that formed the foundation of that culture.

Located in the historic village of Farmington, the museum facility centers on a circa 1720 National Historic Landmark house furnished with period antiques to reflect the everyday activities of Colonial life in Connecticut. Surrounding the house are period-raised bed gardens, an apple orchard, and heritage stone walls.

The public service areas of the museum, constructed in 2004, include a modern classroom, a period tavern room, a post-and-beam Welcome Center, a research library, an exhibit gallery, the Nancy Conklin History Gallery, and a collection storage area.

In addition to managing Memento Mori, Farmington’s ancient cemetery on Main Street, and the Village Green, located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 10, the museum also oversees the Scott Swamp Cemetery on Route 6. The Stanley-Whitman House is supported in part by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.


At Stanley Whitman House, our commitment to accessibility is paramount. While not all of our programs are free, we strive to offer as many as possible at no cost, thanks to the generous support of our underwriters. If you wish to assist us in this mission, we welcome donations, which help us to expand further and diversify our range of activities. Your contributions play a crucial role in maintaining and increasing the accessibility of our programs.


Location Stanley-Whitman House

37 High Street
Farmington CT, 06032

Saturday, readings on the hour from Noon to 4:00 pm
(last reading at 3:00 pm)